Said the joker to the thief
There's too much confusion
I can't get no relief…”
If you can make sense of Bob Dylan’s lyrics to Jimi Hendrix’s All Along the Watchtower (played as appropriate exit music after this witty, existential absurdist comedy) you may be able to figure out Movin’ on Up by Jeremy Kehoe. It’s a script with more questions than answers. It felt like a modern day Waiting for Godot — full of smart/funny references and clever dialogue.
The Watchman, whose watch does not work, is played with bully-ish gravitas by Jesse Frawley. Daniel (Micheal Boxleitner) climbs out of a grave both charming and frustrated, bubbling with questions and conversation, annoying the Watchman, who is trying to enforce silence. Joan (Nicole Yabs) later appears with bandaged hands, and accusations of the Watchman’s complicity in a previously pantomimed tragedy… What’s it all about, Alfie? Watchman?
Heath Sartorius can be proud of his directorial debut, packaging this strange tangle of questions. Is there a God? Soul? Free will? Where are we going? Movin’ on up… to where? what? You decide.
Movin’ on Up has only two more performances
2pm and 8 pm tomorrow, Saturday March 31
at LCC Black Box in the Gannon Building at LCC. (Park on Grand; enter the small door on the south end of the building.
Admission is free, and there is a collection box to support LCC actors travel to a theatre competition whose name I can’t remember.